Salif Keita

Born 25 August 1949.
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Salif Keita performs in a Malian village square

The Malian musician performs with a local group in the centre of a Malian village. Filmed by a BBC film crew for the Arena program 'Salif Keita' (1990).

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Salif Keïta (IPA: [salif keɪta]) (born August 25, 1949) is an afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is unique not only because of his reputation as the "Golden Voice of Africa" but because he has albinism and is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. This royal heritage meant that under the Malian caste system, he should never have become a singer, which was deemed to be a griot’s role.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Talé

    Talé 2013

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    A loveable enough effort from the Malian star.
  2. Review of M'Bemba

    M'Bemba 2005

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Mbemba is overwhelmingly a very fine listen, easily maintaining Salif Keita's...
  3. Review of Remixes from Moffou

    Remixes from Moffou 2004

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    ' illustrates how the remixer's art can be sensitive to the integrity of the...
  4. Review of Moffou


    Reviewed by John Armstrong
    Driving rhythms, thrilling singing and great guitar. A triumphant return to his...
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